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General Development "In order to be an effective programmer, you need to possess a combination of traits that allow your skill, experience, and knowledge to produce working code. There are some technically skilled developers who will never be effective because they lack the other traits needed. Here are seven traits that are necessary to become a great programmer."
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Almost not accurate
by dvhh on Mon 6th May 2013 03:13 UTC
dvhh
Member since:
2006-03-20

But the best skills are still laziness, and a natural lack of trust in your tool (well they rarely lie, but they mostly tell you only half the truth).

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RE: Almost not accurate
by timalot on Mon 6th May 2013 06:02 in reply to "Almost not accurate"
timalot Member since:
2006-07-17

Agree laziness is the number one trait. And to combat doing to much work, write tools/scripts to automate. Then write your code and use your tools to test your code.

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RE: Almost not accurate
by pedlo on Mon 6th May 2013 08:48 in reply to "Almost not accurate"
pedlo Member since:
2011-04-30

While I do agree in having a reasonable doubt on the reliability of the tools, I totally disagree with laziness.
I really don't see how laziness can lead to good programming techniques: keeping things concise, simple and efficient requires actually a great deal of dedication.

Maybe you refer on the quotes of Bill Gates saying that laziness was his best quality as a programmer... well, I'd take it as more as a friedly chitchat than as a serious advice.

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RE[2]: Almost not accurate
by timalot on Mon 6th May 2013 10:14 in reply to "RE: Almost not accurate"
timalot Member since:
2006-07-17

What it means, is you hate repeating stuff over and over. You are "lazy" and therefore program something to do it for you. (IMHO this is the number one trait in a good programmer)

For example if i want to change 10 lines of text in a file, i wont open a text editor and use the keyboard to manually do the repetitive task. I will use a regular expression and sed in a one line script to do it for me.

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RE[2]: Almost not accurate
by johntdaly on Mon 6th May 2013 16:26 in reply to "RE: Almost not accurate"
johntdaly Member since:
2012-07-27

Try Larry Wall, Bill Gates isn't all that quotable as a programmer in my opinion.

http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?LazinessImpatienceHubris

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